Lamia Balafrej
(781) 283-3317
B.A., M.A., Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris) and University of Paris; Ph.D., University of Provence
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Lamia Balafrej
Assistant Professor of Art

Art historian working on the art and architecture of the Islamic world and their interweaving with global art history.

A specialist of Islamic art, Lamia Balafrej’s research deals with a wide range of issues, from cultural appropriation to artistic reflexivity. She also teaches Western Medieval art, the introductory course to art history, and the seminar of methods and theories.

Her current book project examines the representation of authorship in Persian manuscript painting made in fifteenth-century Iran and Central Asia. Using interdisciplinary and reception-based approaches, the book explores Persian painting as a vehicle for artistic performance and self-representation.

In 2016-17, she will be a fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Her research has been supported by numerous fellowships and grants, including a Sylvan C. Coleman and Pamela Coleman Memorial Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of art (New York) and a predoctoral fellowship at the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art (Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.).

Select Publications:

“Islamic Iconoclasm, Visual Communication and the Persistence of the Image”. Interiors. Design/Architecture/Culture 6, no. 3 (2015): 351-366.

“Saracen or Pisan? The Use and Meaning of the Pisa Griffin on the Duomo”. Ars Orientalis no. 42 (2012): 31-40.